Letters to the Editor

Bike lockers for the homeless

Bike lockers for the homeless

Re “We deserve real solutions for parkway fire danger” (Insight, Marcos Breton, Sept. 30): As a regular cyclist on the Jed Smith Memorial Trail, I find it pathetic to hear and especially to see another section of parkway burned away. It’s the burned trees, not the open grasslands that are so hard to ride by. I’ve resigned myself to a future treeless parkway.

Given that the burning parkway, especially in the city limits, is connected to homelessness, I find it very hard to understand the lack of solutions. I have often wondered about something like bike lockers for the homeless. These relatively small capsules could hold their belongings and provide shelter for sleeping. One can see a fancy version of these online at capsule hotels of Japan.

Richard L Connors, Sacramento

Parkway solutions abound

If parkway fires are a source of consternation to policymakers, why don’t we see more press conferences and public statements on this subject? Here are some proposals:

1. Temporarily deputize citizen volunteers to issue two-day notices to illegal campers. Continual relocation should encourage permanent departure.

2. Inform illegal campers that they can relocate to Cesar Chavez Park. Greater visibility of the problem just outside the halls of government should spur comprehensive action.

3. Routinely publish in The Bee the number of days that each policymaker has failed to propose a solution. Constant scrutiny is a powerful means of establishing accountability.

This list is a start. I challenge our policymakers to improve upon it and actually do something.

Mark L. Andrews, Sacramento

Misplaced priorities?

Re “‘Cycle track’ seen as safe route into downtown” (Page 5A, Sept. 30): The juxtaposition of Marcos Breton’s column on fire danger on the American River Parkway with the article on replacing one lane of traffic on a mile of 12th Street with a bike boulevard struck me as a bit ironic. Planning and design costs for the street conversion are expected to be about $900,000. I assume this means the cost of paperwork before any actual physical work is done on the project. Not that I have anything against dedicated bike lanes, but do you think that a couple hundred thousand could be trimmed off the design costs to pay for extra park rangers to help the county keep the parkway from burning down?

David O. McReynolds, Fair Oaks

Unsportsmanlike fan conduct

Re “Republic FC fans’ anger shows how much they care” (Sports, Sept. 28): As a parent, teacher, coach and Sac Republic season ticket holder, I must disagree with Andy Furillo’s “silver lining” theory about fan behavior during and after Saturday’s match.

Yes, the Galaxy II players did flop and fake and stall their way through the game – a tiresome strategy. And, yes, the L.A. keeper did taunt the Battalion after the game – a bush-league move.

However, in Furillo’s world, Republic fans should pat themselves on the back for countering these childish, laughable antics with profanity-laced tirades, bottle throwing and obscene gestures. The adult reaction is to shake our heads and move on.

If Furillo considers these unsportsmanlike behaviors to be MLS-ready, perhaps he should personally share his theory with the victims of rivalry-motivated assaults at professional sporting events. If those victims haven’t suffered too much brain damage after their major-league beatings, they might have interesting responses.

Mark Bandy, Elk Grove

Student trustee should own up

Re “Student trustee’s Holocaust views provoke campus uproar” (Page 4A, Sept. 30): As a former 20-year trustee on the Los Rios Board and as a representative of the Jewish Community Relations Council, I find Cameron Weaver’s response completely inadequate. Incredibly, he says his remarks, which were fully recorded, didn’t reflect his views.

We can only conclude from this that he refuses to make a real apology for his erroneous statements regarding the Holocaust, which are an insult to the Jewish community. Trustees are responsible for contributing to a welcoming environment for all students. Clearly, by his actions, Weaver fails to do this.

He says he wants to rebuild relationships and trust. He can start by owning up to his remarks and making a real apology at the next Los Rios board meeting.

Bruce Pomer, Sacramento


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